Grateful Dead Live at Gruga Halle on 1981-03-28
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
stereo FM -> reel master -> DAT -> CDWAV -> SoundForge -> CDR, with other FM patches; via Hanno Bunjes et al; see info file for detailed notes; Hanno's notes
- 2004-04-26 11:45:59
- stereo FM -> reel master -> DAT -> CDWAV -> SoundForge -> CDR, with other FM patches
- Essen, Germany
- Soundboard - FM
- Gruga Halle
Subject: Great show but Pete....?
But one of the monsters of rock, Pete Townshend, sounded and looked pretty lost. But anyway...dying to hear the rest of this show because, like I said, I knew instantly that this was a smoker!! Pete's gotta stick to his memorized songs and playlists. Sorry Pete, I really do think very highly of you but this was a different ballgame.
Subject: Perfect mood
Subject: One of my firsts
Set 1 - Jerry positively owns this set. That Sugaree just goes on and on, the Shakedown many put in those "all=time" categories, and DEAL really blows us through the wall, is it always did this year.
Set 2 - a masterpiece from start to finish; if you do take in the video, most copies omit S&D and Ship of Fools; anyone have the entire thing in tact? I did try watching those tunes using alternate sources and the sound quality just isn't where it should be.
Anyways, once the boys hit Estimated it's off the moon - the transition to He's Gone is positively hypnotic, and that OTHER ONE, woah nellie....
You won't really get much out of the audio recording if you want to witness the truly delightful Karamazov Brothers interlude (Mickey and Billy "walk through the flames"). Ever see the Brothers perform Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors"? Check it out, you'll love it.
Post-Space has a very shrunken, diminutive Pete Townshend trying to get in on the action. I love the Who in their own right, but Pete is really something to see here....his face is downright ashen, wxxy, his body so incredibly high on whatever (coke), smoking onstage, swinging the neck of his guitar like he's doing a workout during the "salvation" section of Wharf Rat, Bobby trying to teach him the chords....the man contributes some nasty, distorted guitar, but it's really something to see just how out of place he is on stage. I know Pete envied the Dead's ability to switch up setlists nightly and just drift from one to the other, but when leading his own band he really is in more comfortable territory.
A word on this Not Fade Away. By the time the band drives out of Space, this machine is absolutely well-greased, and this has got to be one of my favorite versions of all time. Seriously, there is nothing resembling their "hurried" tendency they employed in '81 here - this is all pocket-groove awesome.
A show you really can't afford to miss - but check the video, it's really the only way to go.
Subject: It's like Christmas in August!
Anywhoo...I had NO IDEA that 1981 produced such brilliance from the boys. I cringe at the thought ofmost of "the coke" years. I cannot get over this "Ship of Fools"...
That perfectly imperfect perfection which is that crackle in JerBears voice is just so moving. Jerry had to be injecting helium into his fingers on nights like this cuz they are so light. Floating across the fret board like 5 little plump balloons. I could go on and in but I got some Hurricanes to get ready for! That makes me wonder...did they ever cover Dylan's Hurricane? About to find out. Farm Out People! Right Arm!
Subject: Good Lovin'
Subject: The Other One documentary
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Anyone know where I can find a DL?
Subject: 3-28-1981 Video
Subject: Best Althea, Best Shakedown
Sugaree connoisseurs ought to try the Dick's Picks #3 (May, 22 1977).
Subject: rockpalast 81
townshend "sits in" late in the show but he contributes practically nothing. he seems lost and he ends up basically standing there watching the boys play.
Subject: Greatest althea/shakedown ever
Subject: One of my favorite 50 shows...
Subject: Plenty Shaking on Shakedown Street
Subject: I came across an empty space.......
Subject: Can't Hear Townsend?
You can hear Pete T playing hard & clear as they go into NFA - awesome! One of the best NFA of the early (or late) 80's. The Estimated id great & TOO - well you just have to hear it. The best TOO of 1981 & quite a ride skipping through the lilly fields. The post=TOO space is short but very sweet. For a totally regular show srtlist-wise, this one is tough to beat.
AS for it being about equal to 6/21/84, you have got to be kidding me. There is NOTHING from 1984 that even comes near this show.....
Jerry was so jonsed out in 1984, you can barely hear him most of June. Check out Sarotoga or that Montana show where they do TOO > Wharf Rat > Miracle ? Dew. You can barely hear Jerry's guitar - And please don't tell me it was the tapes as I was there & experienced the decline in person.
Subject: First new morning with Jerry!
early in the morning, and a warm feeling of happiness swall around my body. The Sugaree here is my favourite version, te break before 3`rd verse is unbelievable.
Subject: A Great Show
Now, this show.
I've seen it and had it taped from Radio in 81. It has always been one of my favorites.
A smokin' 1st set with powerful renditions, a superb Sugaree, Shakedown,Rooster and Deal. Jerry gives two soaring Solos in Deal...
Start to finish absolutely brilliant playing, with outstanding versions of Althea, LLR, Ship of Fools, Estimated, He's Gone, NFA, Wharf Rat.
Yes, Pete T. didn't do much, but he didn't hurt either.
And the long Drums - well, I guess you really have to see it, with the Flying Karamazov Bros. - if you like juggling then thats a real treat.
Hokay, thanks for listening, and I can only recomend this show!!!
Subject: Interesting Tidbit
There's no doubt that Jerry (and Bob for that matter) wipe the stage floor with him here. Still, a very solid show, especially the first set and Estimated>He's Gone in the second.
Subject: whats with europeans and clapping
this show has its highlights and is a fun listen.
does anyone know if this was the Rockpalast Festival or was it just a regular Rockpalast Television boradcast?
Subject: Complete 19810328 video
through the FurthurNET - at least until
our beloved Grateful Dead try to shut down
the FurthurNET (FN). The video @ FN is, however,
low quality. I have just come into 2 high quality
avi files - one for each set. I have tried to
contact the FN to add these video files
to the FN but have not been able to contact FN
through chat or the forum. In any case anyone
who can arrange for me to contribute these
two avi files to the FN, please reply/advise.
Fare thee well now ...
Subject: Top notch Dead!
Subject: bad recording?
Anyway, people should check out YouTube. Some really, really good and rare videos from this show.
Subject: wishful thinking
Subject: LONG LIVE ROCKPALAST
Subject: Great for the Sugaree
Subject: sound nicht zehr gut
ill give it a 4
Subject: Ordinary, at best
Subject: Why A Fan?
Subject: Rockpalast '81
Subject: Pre Drums!
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